PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 9th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
For most retirement plan advisers, building up a book of business is about much more than adding AUA. It’s also about getting involved in work that matters—building new relationships that will, over time, strengthen the retirement outcomes of real people. But retirement plan advisories are still businesses, with balance sheets and staffing needs like any other. This week our roundup offers practical tips, strategies and best practices for building a skilled and dedicated advisory team.
Editor's choice
Scouting for Recruits
Steve Cunha, founder of the retirement plan services department at Baystate Financial Services, has a particular sweet spot in mind when hiring new advisers: “I look for someone who’s been around long enough to know he wants to be in this business, to understand the overall picture, but not so long he’s accumulated bad habits.” Read more >
Fidelity Warns Advisers to Get Smart on Firm Value
A new cut of the Fidelity RIA Benchmarking Study shows many in firm leadership positions struggle to understand and articulate practice value, leading to confusion and miscommunication during one-off events, such as an ownership transition, but also during the normal course of business.  Read more >
Recruiting Techniques That Work
We asked, you answered. How are you recruiting new advisers? Advisers took our survey and shared favorite questions, techniques and a few methods some peers may not have thought of. Read more >
Confidence Key to Advancing Female Advisers' Careers
At a February conference by Edward Jones for female advisers, nearly 80% of the attendees said confidence is among the biggest factors impacting leadership, success and fulfillment in a career. Half of those surveyed also say confidence is the single most important tool in career advancement. Read more >
Being a Millennial Financial Adviser
Those Millennials who are already working in the advisory industry are concentrated in firms that recognize that they need to add younger talent and are putting in effective processes to make that happen. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.

Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.

Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

Congressional Democrats Continue Push on Butch Lewis Act

The legislation would take steps to provide additional anti-cutback protections for Teamsters, miners, and other unionized American workers who have paid significant sums into multiemployer pension funds.

Lawsuit Filed in Colorado District Court Shows Great-West Targeted by Fraud

The richly detailed text of the complaint shows multiple individuals are accused of defrauding Great-West and depositing ill-gotten assets in a variety of U.S. banks, resulting in fraud and money laundering charges. 

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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